August 25, 2016

Tips for Parents Regarding AHA Recommendations on Added Sugars

The American Heart Association (AHA) is now recommending that children between the age of two and 18 limit their consumption of added sugars to less than 25 grams per day, equivalent to about six teaspoons. The recommendations also state that added sugars can be safely consumed in low amounts as part of a healthy diet, but that intake should be reduced due to limited physical activity in most children and adolescents.

What does this mean for you as a parent? Drastic changes to your child’s diet may result in your child not eating enough or wasting food. However, there are easy ways to include sweet taste while also improving your child’s overall diet quality.
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August 24, 2016

Fall Sports and Hydration for Young Athletes

Warm humid weather and intense high school sports practices, sometimes twice a day, lead to a lot of sweating and risk of heat exhaustion or more serious heat stroke.  While hydration may not be at the top of the list for a successful athletic performance, it should be.  According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, appropriate hydration before, during, and after physical activity is an important ingredient to a healthy and successful sports team.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agrees, issuing a policy statement in 2011, on the importance of hydration with youth sports, including strategies to safeguard against heat illness especially during fall sports.
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August 19, 2016

Skinny Recipe: Ratatouille

What is ratatouille? It is a  vegetable dish containing eggplant, zucchini, tomato and onion. This classic culinary specialty of Nice, France is not only a winner in the movie, but it is also a winner if you are trying to watch you weight! Served traditionally as a side dish, one serving of this recipe is 100 calories. We recommend pairing it with pasta, rice or bread to be more filling if you’d like it as a main course.

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August 18, 2016

Fine-Tune Your Back-to-School Routine

Heading back to school can be an exciting but stressful time. Good bye to the slow pace of summer and hello to early mornings, rushing out the door. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by a hectic schedule and start ditching healthy behaviors. Planning ahead and creating a healthy back-to-school routine can make for a smooth transition for you and your kiddos.

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